Don’t mistake the sensational new Broadway musical, “Addams Family,” coming to the Ordway theater this month for a remake of the 1991 and 1993 movies with Anjelica Houston and Raul Julia that – if you’re anything like me – you were obsessed with in middle school. The Broadway touring musical – with music and lyrics by Drama Desk Award winner, MOT Andrew Lippa, and Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice – is based entirely upon Charles Addams’ macabre cartoons from the New Yorker, and not on the movie you probably associate with everything “Addams..”
That said, you’ll still find your favorite characters – Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch – and the new original story is brilliant, and every father’s “nightmare”: what should the Addams family do when princess of darkness Wednesday Addams falls in love with a “normal” boy? The musical has gotten rave reviews including “Wackily entertaining ” (Toronto Star), “4 Stars! Uproarious!” (Bloomberg), “You’ll Laugh a Lot” (Wall Street Journal) and “A wonderful new musical for the entire family” (Barbara Walters).
But don’t just listen to the reviewers (including me) – watch the trailer yourself and get excited… and then keep reading for your chance to get a stellar discount to the show or win a pair of free tickets! [By the way, if you’re reading this from Madison, WI, the show is coming to your town this week – click here for the rest of the touring schedule.]
So what’s Jewish about this show?
Andrew Lippa and Nathan Lane (sorta). I say sorta since Nathan Lane was in the original Broadway production as Gomez, but is not in the touring production (bummer, right?), so I’m going to focus on Andrew Lippa.
Lippa was born in England but grew up in a suburb of Detroit. After college at the U of Michigan he moved to NY to teach music and eventually to pursue a career in theater. You’d know his work if you’re a theater buff or a cartoon lover – he had roles ranging from writing a few songs to writing the full book and music in several musicals including Goodspeed, A Little Princess, The Wild Party, and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. In 1998, Lippa was commissioned by the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver to create an anthem for a concert celebrating Israel’s 50th birthday, to be sung by 350 singers and conducted by Sergiu Comissiona of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Okay, you’ve convinced me. The show looks awesome and Lippa seems talented – how can I score a pair of free tickets?
TC Jewfolk is giving away TWO pairs of tickets to a performance of Addams Family at the Ordway Theater of the winners’ choice. What do you have to do to win? Just answer this question in the comments to this post before this Thursday, May 3rd at midnight:
Wednesday and Pugsley can be pretty evil to each other (one of the famous Charles Addams cartoons features the children trying to poison each other).
What is the meanest thing you’ve ever done or said to a sibling? Or, if you have only been kind to your sibling(s), what’s the meanest thing they’ve ever done to you? If you’re an only child, or had a perfectly nice childhood, tell us the meanest thing you’ve seen/heard done to a friend of yours.
We’ll draw the winners randomly first thing Friday morning, so expect to hear via email if you’re a winner. Good luck!
If I don’t win the free tickets, what’s this cool discount you mentioned earlier?
See you at the Ordway!